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What is the preventive maintenance of equipment?

Health and safety are not always factored into a company’s production processes, yet they are an important part of how a company operates. The best way to stay safe while taking care of your machines is to regularly perform preventive maintenance on your equipment before any extensive repairs are needed!

Preventive maintenance and equipment servicing are essential in order to remove hazards associated with industrial machinery damage and use. When properly implemented, preventive maintenance helps to ensure worker safety while extending the life of your equipment.

Why is preventive maintenance important?

Worker health and safety is a top priority for any company. Equipment failure, poor maintenance and inadequate training could all lead to an accident resulting in serious injury!

Implementing a preventive maintenance program reduces the risk of sudden, costly repairs, which can be detrimental to your company’s productivity and more expensive than preventive maintenance.

Preventive maintenance is part of our industrial warehouse cleaning service. Our service includes the inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and repair of your equipment. To help make your life easier, Trexo Solutions offers to efficiently clean your facilities with top-of-the-line maintenance techniques such as dry ice blasting and water blasting.

What are the advantages of preventive maintenance?

Implementing a preventive maintenance program in your company is advantageous for many reasons:

  • Decreases the risk of injury
  • Ensures safety at work
  • Extends the life of your equipment
  • Reduces unplanned shutdowns due to equipment failure
  • Reduces costs associated with sudden repairs
  • Improves overall productivity

Simply put, preventive maintenance of warehouse equipment helps to prevent failures before they occur. Contacting an industrial cleaning company would save you time and act as the perfect opportunity to start your own preventive maintenance program for your tools and machines thereafter.

How to perform preventive maintenance on your equipment

Now that you know why preventive maintenance is so important, you may be wondering how to implement it. Here are some tips to help you!

1. Define the overall strategy

To carry out your preventive maintenance program, you must give yourself the time and means to define your strategy. Here are several points to consider:

  • Appoint one or several managers to be directly linked to the program and in charge of applying it throughout your company. This could be the safety manager of your company or the heads of each department.
  • Define a budget for both in-house and outside maintenance. Don’t underestimate the budget allocated to the maintenance of your equipment.
  • Integrate this program into the schedule of the person(s) in charge in order to define a regular time slot for this task. This will avoid mistakes in the schedules and delays in follow-ups.

2. Make an inventory of your company’s equipment

To carry out preventive maintenance on your equipment, you firstly need to know what equipment is present in your warehouse. To do this, walk around your warehouse and make a list of all the machines that need to be analyzed for preventive maintenance.

You could delegate this task to all your heads of department. Here are some examples of equipment that could be subject to preventive maintenance:

  • General equipment (water drainage, ventilation, heating, lighting, etc.)
  • Fixed, stationary equipment (assembly machine, machining center, industrial lathe, packaging equipment, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous equipment and tools (pallet truck, electric conveyor, and other handling equipment, etc.)
  • Emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, first aid equipment, etc.)

You may end up listing several identical pieces of equipment. Just make sure to include each one alongside its unique location.

3. Create a maintenance record for each piece of equipment

Once you have listed the equipment that will receive regular maintenance, you must create an individual record sheet for each machine.

To prepare this maintenance sheet, you can use pre-filled template forms or create a form from on a blank sheet. In both cases, it is important to validate the sheets with your company’s health and safety committee.

4. Ensure the maintenance of your equipment

Once you have defined your company’s preventive maintenance program, you need to ensure that it is implemented properly.

This means that as soon as a program manager notices an error on a piece of equipment, they must note down their relevant observations straight away on the corresponding preventive maintenance sheet. This information should then be passed on to the senior program manager.

Trexo: preventive maintenance experts

As you have seen in this article, preventive maintenance of your warehouse equipment is not something to be neglected. It ensures your company is a safe place to work and improves overall productivity.

By hiring Solutions Trexo to clean your machines and tools, you are taking the first step towards successful preventive maintenance of your equipment. To find out how we can help you, contact our experts today!